Buzz List for June 10, 2019

Buzz List for June 10, 2019

1. WELL THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO The Tribune’s monthly theme for June is the black south side. Here’s the slideshow, and they kicked it off with a piece by Sadé Carpenter that has some interesting thoughts about how to write about African-American food (including why they’re capitalizing the B in Black, AP Stylebook be

Indian food is happening at Vajra and elsewhere, the South Side gets some coverage, Passerotto still a winner, and Eater goes dark for a day

- June 10, 2019 - 8:24 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for June 3, 2019

Buzz List for June 3, 2019

1. HOW ILLINOIS WORKS Example 1: A special tax popped up out of nowhere to help fund McCormick Place—just as they were talking about tearing down and rebuilding the Lakeside Center. (As Steve Goodman sang, “Daley built McCormick Place twice/because once was not enough…”) Okay, McCormick place is a driver of a certain amount of

Taxing the hot restaurant scene, Mexican immigrant cuisine at Amaru, your guide to southeast side dive bars, and new Cafe Cancale

- June 3, 2019 - 7:55 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For May 28, 2019

Buzz List For May 28, 2019

1. KUMIKO NO. 5 Congrats to Bar Kumiko, the lone Chicago spot to make Food & Wine’s best new restaurants list: “Kumiko is more high-concept bar than fully fledged restaurant. Beverage director [Julia] Momose has created a cocktail omakase as precise as any tasting menu, rooted in the brewing and distilling traditions of Japan but

Kumiko gets national acclaim, Stone Flower gets national notice, protecting the big guys from the little guys, and why Lula Cafe matters so much

- May 28, 2019 - 7:58 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for May 20, 2019

Buzz List for May 20, 2019

1. GALIT PETITE & GONE Some Michael Nagrant reviews turn out to have more to do with their opening ten paragraphs than others, but the one about Galit is genuinely thought provoking on how you can justify higher prices at a superior example of a type of restaurant—and also, how we ought to be justifying

Galit is grrr-reat! says Nagrant, Cebu or Barangaroos?, the murky history of shrimp cocktails, and the Stone Flower conundrum

- May 20, 2019 - 8:51 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for May 13, 2019

Buzz List for May 13, 2019

1. WINNER CHICKEN DINNER The Peter Lisagor Awards, given by the Chicago Headline Club, honor local journalism. And this year, they honored Fooditor, which won the Best Continuing Blog—Independent category. Thanks! Speaking of awards, I couldn’t find it last week but Kevin Boehm posted video on Facebook of his and Rob Katz’s acceptance speeches at

Jeong wins over critics, Flat and Point wows Sula, South Side Weekly's food issue is out, and the eggs are the spice at Egg-O-Holic

- May 13, 2019 - 8:41 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for May 7, 2019

Buzz List for May 7, 2019

1. BEARD CHAMPS The first year that Boka Group was nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur in the James Beard Foundation Awards, I joked to Kevin Boehm that it was only five or six years till they’d win it. (That was the experience of One Off Hospitality, which won it on their sixth or seventh nomination.) In

Chicago finally a winner as well as host at the Beards, Kato's return a grilling experience, and Japanese on a taco at Arigato.

- May 7, 2019 - 9:42 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For April 29, 2019

Buzz List For April 29, 2019

1. FAR TORTILLA Do we take our city’s bounty of pretty good tortillas for granted? We probably do, compared to things like pizza that we regard as central to our identity. But pretty good can be better yet, and there’s a whole lesson in the economics of corn tortillas in this story by Nick Kindelsperger

A tortilla revolution is coming, Jeong electrifies Nagrant, Althea a vegan dud, and Fooditor is on The Feed talking eating Chicago

- April 29, 2019 - 8:20 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for April 22, 2019

Buzz List for April 22, 2019

1. LE GRAND MEAULNES I can’t think of a restaurant in Chicago that exists more out of time than Les Nomades. Its longtime fans, many still carrying the membership cards that Jovan Trboyevic issued them (for $1; the point was to have something that he could take away from you if you broke one of

Vettel finds four star spice in the unlikeliest place, plus an Ecuadoran red sauce joint, conveyor belt sushi and a Jail Bird special

- April 22, 2019 - 8:03 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for April 15, 2019

Buzz List for April 15, 2019

1. BEST OF THE BEST A decade-plus ago, one of my food reviewing love-hates was Chicago magazine’s annual best new restaurant list (the number has varied over the years, usually around 15). It was a good touchstone for what was new on the scene… at least among a certain type of restaurant (serves dinner, somewhat

Chicago mag gives the little guys a big win, Finom Coffee has food worthy of coffee, Turkish coffee has food to eat with it, and who do Influencers influence?

- April 15, 2019 - 7:42 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for April 8, 2019

Buzz List for April 8, 2019

1. LIRPA FOLO There’s so much snark in food writing now that I’m a little weary of April Foolin’, but sometimes there’s a masterpiece that justifies the whole form. And the champ of April Fool’s 2019 in food was this L.A. Times piece parodying, with a fine-edged skewer, the kind of New York Times piece

Kumiko is a five-star marvel, Brass Heart is a three-star riser, farewell Penny's Noodles, and an April Fool's battle of the coastal elites

- April 8, 2019 - 7:56 am - Michael Gebert